Betty Burke – Taking it All Back Now: Austerity Measures

Cutting costs without cutting corners. This album gathers the time and money most bands spend on an unwieldy drum kit and invests it into four gritty, feminist, half-yelled, alt-country tracks. Programmed drum-machine beats lend the album an unrelenting tempo, sweep you into the words and the stories. And these stories are an underground cave-system of detailed historical, artistic and political references framed by relationships and observations. The band’s website breaks down the tracks and album cover in great detail. The literacy of the songs is never heavy-handed: setting imbues meaning in the readings. These are AM radio country songs, all harmonies and intent, tempered by the pace of the deep Toronto metropolis.

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